Together with the Borealis LAT, Multinaut Donaulogistik and Österreichische Donaulager, viadonau organised a working group meeting on the 2nd of December 2019 addressing following question: Which actions could increase the transport of chemical and petrochemical products via inland waterway? An interesting site visit at the container terminal in the port of LINZ AG and a detailed discussion rounded up the event. In the end around 25 experts were participating during the workshop, which proved to be very interesting.
The focus of the initiative is laid on the product group of dry chemicals. Fertilizers, as well as chemical fertilizers, make up a substantial part of the dry chemical product group. With more than 500,000 tons transported in 2018 on the Austrian stretch of the Danube, this group sums up to around 8% of the total transport volume.
Participating experts from the sector underlined the manifold logistical challenges of chemical products during the workshop. Nicoleta Toader-Stanescu (Borealis LAT) highlighted the necessary optimisation of first, the loading and unloading process in combination with a barge transport, and second, reliable water level forecasts along the Danube. Valdet Farizi (Multinaut Donaulogistik) furthermore displayed the advantages of a dry chemical product transport by barge also for smaller lots and part loads. Gottfried Buchinger (Österreichische Donaulager) gave an insight to the actual and future challenges and projects on the company site in Linz also including the planned investments of the dangerous goods storage facility.
Additionally, a detailed discussion with all speakers completed the picture of future challenges and potentials of the chemical industry and the potential of containerized transport via inland barges. In times of rising environmental awareness all participants in the transport chain should make use of the opportunities offered by an inland waterway transport.
The initiative “chemical and petrochemical products on inland waterways” is not yet completed. Next to the two national workshops, which have been already organised, further highlights with international focus are planned till the End of 2020, also including a break out session at the upcoming “Danube Business Talks 2020”.